Affordable Hosting Services For the MERN Stack
The MERN stack, which consists of MongoDB, Express.js, React, and Node.js, has gained popularity among developers due to its versatility and efficiency in building robust web applications. In this blog post, I will list a few cheap options that you can use for your next MERN stack project.
If you are building a hobby project or a portfolio site, you can find some good free options. The only thing that you’ll need is a domain name if you wish to look more professional.
Note that some free options below are only available for non-commercial projects.
|Heroku (from $5)||Surge|
|DigitalOcean (from $5)||Firebase|
|AWS EC2 / LightSail (from $5)||Netlify|
|Google Cloud (from $5)||Varcel|
|Azure (from $5)||Cloudflare Pages|
My personal favourite is to get a cheap VPS and configure the back-end and front-end on it. The downside is the manual setup and manual deployments. If you don’t push updates all the time, it could be a great option as it’s fast, configurable and usually comes with a lot of storage. If you wish to set up your own MERN VPS, I have made a step-by-step YouTube video.
I also have a video on how to set up MERN using Render for free.
You might just have to try a few options to see which one you like the most and which suits your project needs. By understanding each hosting option’s unique features and benefits, you can make an informed decision that aligns with your project’s goals and requirements. Happy hosting!
If you have any suggestions that I could add to the list, please let me know in the comments below.